by Keith & Marilyn Davis

"The Last Days of Summer"

Red-eyed Vireo

red-eyed vireo       In the fields of northern Canada, the temperature at night is moving to the freezing point, and the once humongous food supply of insects, will be gone for many bird species. Canada has a smorgasbord delight of insects each spring to feed birds nesting and raising their young. But as fall weather comes, birds must leave for warmer places which still have tasty insects.

        Here in southern Utah, our summer is being ushered out with lots of sunshine and temperatures in the high 80s, 90s, and the insects are still available. Bird watchers are on the lookout for the Red-eyed Vireo who may stop by on its way to South America. This Vireo specializes in consuming as many Canadian insects as possible in the summer, more insects as he travels south, and then upon arriving in South America he becomes a fruit eater. This is a bird whose number
is on the increase. It is a common bird of the east. It is rarely seen in Utah because of its perfect camouflage colors. However, their whining, monotonous song gives them away. They are generally found by their song long before they are spotted by birders with binoculars.

        Many thanks for another fine painting from Brenda Rusnell. Brenda’s speciality is color pencil.

        Red Cliffs Audubon’s monthly meeting is Wednesday, October 12, at 7:00 p.m. at the Tonaquint Nature Center. Cordell Peterson and Charles Odd will present “All About Raptors”. Learn about Eagles, Hawks, Falcons and Owls. A great way to get ready for the Christmas Bird Count. For more information, call 435 673-0996.